Delivering Exceptional Project Results

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A Practical Guide to Project Selection, Scoping, Estimation and Management
By Jamal Moustafaev, PMP
Hardcover, 6 x 9, 352 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-040-2
September 2010

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This unique how-to implementation guide unifies project management, portfolio management, and requirements engineering into one proven, comprehensive best practice framework to help organizations deliver exceptional project results on a consistent basis. Delivering Exceptional Project Results transcends differences in the various “types” of project management, such as traditional or agile, and focuses on economic principles, methodologies, skills, tools, and techniques that can be applied successfully at companies in any industry.

Key Features

  • Defines the three pillars of project portfolio management and examines the portfolio management methods used by industry leaders, followers and laggards to justify their validity
  • Explains best practices for assessing project value, categorizing and prioritizing projects, balancing portfolio mix, determining and managing project pipeline throughput capacity, and strategic alignment to maximize results and minimize risks
  • Covers project scoping, negotiation and planning, estimation, monitoring and control, the role of creativity, and the value of lessons learned documents using numerous real-world examples within a business context and from an entertaining historical perspective
  • WAV offers six downloadable templates for documenting project charters, plans, meeting minutes, change requests, status reports, and summary/lessons learned reports — available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Jamal Moustafaev, PMP, president and founder of Thinktank Consulting, is an internationally acclaimed expert in the areas of project/portfolio management, project scoping, process improvement and corporate training. He has done work for numerous private-sector companies and government organizations in Canada and the US. Mr. Moustafaev holds an MBA in Finance (Derivative Securities) and a BBA (Finance and Management Science) from Simon Fraser University. He is a frequent contributor to various project management publications and presenter at project management conferences. In addition to teaching the popular “Project Management Essentials” and “Project Management of Energy Projects” courses at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Jamal also offers several corporate seminars through his company.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction 
Chapter 2: What Is Project Management and Do You Really Need It? 
Chapter 3: Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Estimation
Chapter 4: Are We Supposed to Negotiate on Projects? 
Chapter 5: How and Why Do We Write Project Charters
Chapter 6: Kick-Starting Your Projects – The Scope Definition Perspective
Chapter 7: Defining the Detailed Scope – How and Where Do You Find Requirements? 
Chapter 8: Who Needs Creativity in Projects and How to Cultivate It
Chapter 9: How to Incorporate Scope Definition into Project Management
Chapter 10: How to Write a Great Project Plan
Chapter 11: How to Troubleshoot Scope Problems
Chapter 12: Who Needs Walkthroughs, Inspections and Peer Reviews
Chapter 13: Why Should You Manage Scope and Customer Expectations? 
Chapter 14: Why Invest Time and Effort in the Lessons Learned Document? 
Chapter 15: How to Select the Best Projects
Chapter 16: How and Why Do You Need to Maximize Portfolio Value? 
Chapter 17: How and Why Do You Need to Balance Your Portfolio? 
Chapter 18: How and Why Do You Need to Link Portfolio to Strategy? 
Chapter 19: How to Implement It All


From the foreword by industry legend Harold Kerzner!
“Leading companies that are positioning themselves for the future rather than the present are asking the project managers to participate in project selection, scoping, and estimation as well as management. Delivering Exceptional Project Results offers a glimpse into the future role of the project manager.”

Harold Kerzner, Ph.D., Best-selling Author, Professor Emeritus, Baldwin-Wallace College

Delivering Exceptional Project Results is a definite must read for any executive, functional director or project manager. This book provides you with practical, hands-on tools and techniques that can be deployed on your own projects right away.”

Matt Walters, Director of Technology, Tyze Personal Networks